7 The Chariot
Keywords: movement; progression; progress; activity; controlled chaos; decisions; choices; leader-ship; “hang on for the ride”; giddy-up; “move ’em out”; strength; purpose; in charge
Archetypes: the Bionic Woman; Margaret Thatcher; Hilary Clinton; Whoopi Goldberg; Katherine Hepburn; Cat Woman
Astrological Sun Sign/Cancer
Upright Interpretation: Oh my gawds, this card is hair flying, rampaging down the road at 100 mph. It’s the idea of “going somewhere fast”; of “git ‘er done”; it’s crazy in-your-face super hyper energy. It almost makes me tired just contemplating the movement and speed associated with this card. The image of The Chariot is a single driver in a small horse-drawn (or in the case of the Rider Waite deck– sphinx drawn) carriage. This implies to me that You are in charge, that You are at the helm of your ship, and it is You who has the power to control the direction your life will take, the decisions that you make. It’s all going to come down to You— you’re not going to be able to blame anyone else for your choices.
Reversed Interpretation: “Be careful!”, says the reversed Chariot. This is a train wreck (or chariot wreck) just waiting to happen. When this card is reversed, you are feeling all the pressures of this card mentioned above. It means that Life, or someone else, is in a hurry for you to make a decision. You’re being rushed, and this means that you might make a rash decision. Whenever life comes barreling at you too fast, whenever you feel that the wheels are spinning out of control, remember that you have the power to stop and step off, step back…take some quiet time to reflect and regenerate.
1. What is your first impression of this card?
2. What does this card mean to You?
3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.
4. How does this card define relationships?
5. How does this card define financial circumstances?
6. How is this card relevant to health issues?
Affirmations for Meditation:
1. When I’m ready, I’m ready.
2. I will relish every single minute of my wild ride through Life.
3. I will run, with the wind in my hair, and the sun on my face.
4. I will learn to traverse the rocky road.
5. When the horses are tired, I’ll stop and rest.
A Tarot Reading for The Chariot:
The Chariot ~ Temperance; 5/pentacles; 3/cups
Life is all about movement. It’s about careening through this journey from one end of the spectrum to the other. It’s about being able to find balance, and to BE balanced throughout the whole crazy process. The thing is that each of us has something that will help us maintain control (and sanity), but some of us have a harder time identifying just what that something is. So that is the question…What keeps you grounded?
In most instances, there is no black or white, just shades of gray, but for The Chariot this is an exception. Life is filled with hills and valleys, highs and lows, peaks of rapture and blinding bliss, as well as depths of deep black despair. The Chariot usually tries to ride the high road for most individuals through most of their lives, but ever so often the road traveled takes dangerous dark twists and turns, and all that you can do is hold tight to the reins and ride it out. Don’t flinch from the dark parts of your life, you can conquer them by learning from them and using this knowledge to put forth something positive.
The incredibly over-the-top highs in life are as sparse and punctuated as its black depths. And maybe there is a reason for this. Extremes in both directions are overwhelming, and perhaps human beings can only take them in small doses. The high points are precious gems. Hoard the diamonds you find along your journey (life); pick them up and protect them like a priceless treasure. Put them in your pocket (your mind) to keep and bring out on darker days, so that you remember there is a Light.
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